Patrick Sweeney has been a Public Defender in Allegheny County for 26 years, working tirelessly on behalf of indigent clients, appearing in every division of the Court of Common Pleas. Patrick has tried dozens of Jury trials, hundreds of non-jury trials, and he has counseled thousands of clients as a Public Defender, handling everything from shoplifting to homicide on a daily basis. Patrick understands the role of a Public Defender to be to, "Speak for the voiceless and bring justice to the dispossessed." Patrick is now running to be a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to ensure those voices are heard. Court cases must be decided based on the facts and the law, and not based on who has access to more resources or who benefits the most from systemic bias.
Patrick lives on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Alongside his legal career, he is the bargaining unit secretary of the United Steelworkers Local 9002, which covers the Public Defenders, assistant district attorneys and crime lab scientists. Patrick is also active in charitable organizations within the community, such as the Elks and his local parish.